On Nov. 21, 2006 my wife, her parents & myself are going to Hawaii for a vacation. I am shipping my bike over so I can do some riding on Oahu.
What is being shipped is my bike & the tray style carrier I use to haul my bike on my vehicle. We will have a rental with a receiver hitch. The UPS store advises I ship everything no later then Nov. 1 or 2 so it arrives in time for the bike to be reassembled & is ready for me when I arrive on Nov. 21.
The bike & carrier will ship in 3 pieces. The bike & wheels will be professionaly packed by a bike shop in one box. I ride a recumbent so the seat will have to go in a larger box with my seat bag, helmet, Camel Bak bladder, floor pump & putters for mini golf will go in another box. The carrier will be shrink wrapped & will be shipped with a shipping label just stuck to the wrap.
I know this sounds elaborate & some may think it is ridiculous, but that's ok. I think it will be worth it. No one on Oahu rents recumbents & my bike is dialed in for me perfectly.
We will go from the airport with the rental vehicle to the bike shop where it will be shipped to, attach the carrier to the vehicle. If I have enough time & am not too tired from the trip I will ride from the shop to the hotel, otherwise I'll load the bike & we'll haul it to the hotel.
I am planning on riding at least 3 days, maybe 4. The first of which will be on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 23. Can't wait.